Italian media criticise Andrea Pirlo after Juventus’ defeat against Benevento: ‘The Bianconeri have no soul, the title race is over.’
The Old Lady are now ten points off leaders Inter and only two points are dividing the defending Serie A champions with fifth-placed Napoli.
Juventus fans have been criticising the coach and the management for this season’s results and Italian sports papers analyse the Old Lady’s flop against Pippo Inzaghi’s side.
“Maybe it was not the worst Juventus of the season. Surely was the one with less soul and ideas under Pirlo, and that’s the most worrying thing,” wrote La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Now it’s time to give Juventus character and soul,” the paper analyses, rating the Juventus coach 4.5/10.
“The approach was wrong. Juventus are no longer in the Scudetto race and must look over their shoulders to qualify for the Champions League,” writes Il Corriere dello Sport.
“Please come back for a fourth win in a row. The approach was not the same as the Cagliari game. This time the title race is over. Juventus put in a chaotic performance, and the final result is a natural consequence,” is the analysis of Tuttosport.
The Turin-based paper rates Pirlo 4/10, while Il Corriere dello Sport rates the coach 4.5.
The former midfielder, however, is not the only one blamed by Italian sports papers as the performance of each Juventus player, except Wojciech Szczesny and Cristiano Ronaldo, was below par.
Juventus ratings from Italian sports papers
Gazzetta dello Sport
Szczesny 6, Danilo 4.5, Bonucci 5.5, De Ligt 5, Bernardeschi 5, Kulusevski 5.5, Arthur 4 (Bentancur 5), Rabiot 4.5 (McKennie 5.5), Chiesa 5, Morata 4.5, Cristiano Ronaldo 5.5.
Corriere dello Sport:
Szczesny 6, Danilo 5, Bonucci 6, De Ligt 5, Bernardeschi 4.5, Kulusevski 5, Arthur 4 (Bentancur 5.5), Rabiot 5 (McKennie 6), Chiesa 5, Morata 4.5, Cristiano Ronaldo 6.
Szczesny 6, Danilo 4.5, Bonucci 5, De Ligt 5.5, Bernardeschi 5, Kulusevski 5, Arthur 4 (Bentancur 5), Rabiot 4.5 (McKennie 6), Chiesa 5.5, Morata 4.5, Cristiano Ronaldo 6.